While Messi justified his status as the best player in the world with an injury-time solo goal that clinched Argentina’s first win over its neighbor in six meetings, Spain allowed four goals for the second time since winning the World Cup.
Martins opened the scoring in the 45th minute from a rebound after goalkeeper Iker Casillas had saved Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot and Ramos poked Postiga’s goal-bound shot into his own net three minutes after the break.
It has allowed 12 goals in its past four games.
Huntelaar scored in the 52nd for the Netherlands, but it was Hedwiges Maduro who set up the goal. The Valencia midfielder took the ball from Turkey left back Ismail Koybasi and crossed to Huntelaar, who knocked it in from close range.
The goal silenced a sizable Turkish crowd, which had been throwing flares onto the pitch throughout the game.View Entire Story
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